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John D. Sutter
It's a sobering fact: Earthquakes alone don't kill people; collapsed buildings do.
But can people engineer buildings that wouldn't crumble when subjected to the rumblings of the Earth?
In the wake of the Haiti and Chile earthquakes, such a question has more importance now than any time in recent memory.
The simple answer is yes. The technology exists to make buildings nearly earthquake-proof today. However, installing those safer buildings all over the world isn't so simple. Neither is figuring out who will pay.
Filed under: Chile Earthquake • Haiti Earthquake • What You Will Be Talking About Today
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